Confusion over re-opening


Confusion prevails over whether schools will reopen on Monday or not after the prolonged Diwali break with the Directorate of Education leaving the decision to individual schools. 
In a circular issued on November 7, the Department had clarified after some Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) had sought that holidays be extended. However, the clarification has caused more confusion. 
“This directorate is in receipt of representation of PTAs of some schools with respect to opening of schools after Diwali vacation on November 26, 2012 i.e. Monday which is the next day of celebration of Tulsi Vivah. Since Tulsi Vivah celebrations end late night, it will be difficult for parents to send their children the very next day. After examining the grievances of parents in this regard a decision has been taken that schools may declare one day discretionary holiday on 26/11/2012 for the benefit of children from the six discretionary holidays,” the circular reads. 
However, many schools that have decided to commence on Monday itself have been unable to effectively communicate their decision to the students as well as staff owing to the holidays with even teachers being unsure when schools would reopen. 
According to rules, each school management has six discretionary holidays which can be granted by the management for occasions such as school feasts, other management functions etc. 
Several schools had been receiving calls from both staff and students to clarify whether the managements had granted discretionary holiday. [H]